From Timothy Pickering1
Genl Post Office March 9. 1792.
After much enquiry, I have found a house which would accommodate my numerous family, and at the same time give me office-room. The greatly extended business of the department, I think may be accomplished with the same help which has been used since the time of Mr. Osgoods appointment,2 to wit, an assistant and clerk. For these, with their necessary writing desks, table, boxes, cases & shelves, for a considerable bulk of books & papers, would sufficiently occupy one room; and another room would be convenient for myself. A servant also will be wanted to keep the rooms in order, make fires, and perform other services. These services, however, not being constant, I could employ a domestic servant, but one selected with a reference to such public service. If for the two rooms for the Genl Post Office, a cellar for wood, and the necessary attendance of my domestic servant, I might make a charge of about 300 dollars, I would then engage the house referred to; but previous to such engagement I wish to obtain your opinion of the propriety of the charge.
I am &c
The Secretary of the Treasury.
ADfS, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston.
1. Pickering had been appointed Postmaster General on August 12, 1791.
2. Samuel Osgood had succeeded Ebenezer Hazard as Postmaster General in 1789. Osgood resigned in 1791 because he was unwilling to move from New York to Philadelphia.